Author: bill

Politics, healthcare and an insurance executive that regrets developing the choice talking point.

Politics, healthcare and an insurance executive that regrets developing the choice talking point. Ask anyone about healthcare in the USA and you are likely to get many diverging opinions. Do you like your insurance and do you really have more choices of providers with our current system? As a provider who helps people navigate their insurance plans, nothing is more frustrating for regular folks than the in or out of network question. No other country has high deductibles like we do and many people put off needed care because of it. When you visit a hospital, you may find out Read More »

Improving access to chiropractic care under Medicare is essential; Here’s what you can do now.

Improving access to chiropractic care under Medicare is essential; Here’s what you can do now. Many baby boomers are now entering Medicare and finding out that chiropractic care under Medicare is quite limited even though chiropractors are physicians.   Currently, Medicare only covers manipulation of the spine, yet patients require an examination and may even need x rays or muscle work performed to get the optimal result from their care.   As a result, chiropractic patients pay out of pocket for x-rays, evaluations and the valuable muscle work and exercise instructions their chiropractor provides, often at a lower cost than other professions. Read More »

Rethinking x-ray lead shielding. 

Rethinking x-ray lead shielding.   For years, lead shielding the gonads and other sensitive areas were required when taking an x-ray.   Whether it was a dental or a chiropractic image, it was taught that shielding was necessary. Quality control programs that offices use include the maintenance of lead shields. In the chiropractic world, we take fewer x-rays than we did 30 years ago and shielding often would get in the way of structures that you needed to view, so it was rarely used. Collimation was often done instead because it would limit radiation exposure by using a smaller aperture from the Read More »

Squatting is a normal part of many cultures that do not experience hip and back problems, so why don’t we?

Squatting is a normal part of many cultures that do not experience hip and back problems, so why don’t we? There are many cultures that do more squatting than sitting.  Many of these cultures have fewer instances of bad hips or knees or back problems. When people think of squatting, they often think of going to the gym, holding a weight and performing a squat.   In the rest of the world, people regularly squat instead of bending over. Squatting is thought to help keep the hips and knees healthier by lubricating these joints and also improving their flexibility. Babies regularly Read More »

Expensive running shoes; are they worth the cost?

Expensive running shoes; are they worth the cost? Every year running shoe companies are developing new shoes that are supposed to help us avoid injuries, run faster and look better when we are running. Part fashion, part utility, if you run, you want the latest and greatest shoe according to most shoe companies. Many athletes are cautious if not superstitious and do not like changes including new models that are replacing the older designs. A recent example of this was Brook who totally redesigned the Adrenalin shoe with a redesigned model.  So far, the shoe is selling well which has Read More »